The Injustice ofAmerica’s Voluminous Laws
This installment of Understanding Liber ty will focus on the mockery of justice and representative republican government in Amer ica with its voluminous laws, wr i t ten in so d i f f icult l anguage to understand, that’s its vi r tually impossible to “know” and understand them, much less avoid being an unknowing criminal at least a few times in our lives. Amer ica’s plethora of laws has created more criminals than it or iginally sought to prevent or punish. They have also created our cur rent unsust ainable legal system, chal k full of pr icey lawyers who help write the unintelligible laws to keep themselves in business and who alone understand the laws and charge exorbitant fees for their counsel. Too many laws also al low for more gover nment thef t through f ines and fees, the overloading of the judicial system and prisons, and out r ight injustice happening every cour t session.
The Conservat ive polit ical blog ht tp:// hotai r. com/ recently posted a Facebook meme that nicely sums up the point of this article: “[ s] o the def inition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law, and you want me to believe that more laws will somehow make less cr iminals?”
The immediate response to something shocking that has happened has been to create more laws, as if more laws existing on our already overly bloated law books will prevent future hor r if ic acts f rom happening. Indeed, more laws simply do the opposite of what is intended: t h e y c r e a t ed mo r e c r imi n a l s , because the more laws there a re to violate, the more people there will be who will inadver tently violate them because of the enormous number of laws affecting them. For every law created to stop one future possible cr iminal, at least 10 new cr iminals a re created, individuals who have no knowledge of that law, and which law of ten concerns what would ordinar ily be a harmless act ion ( or inact ion) not considered a cr ime in any other way except that some group of people wrote on a piece of paper, vot ing upon it, saying it is now the law.
James Madison wrote in 1788 in The Federalist 62: “[ i] t will be of lit tle avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; [ l] aw is def ined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is lit tle known, and less f ixed?”
James Madison’s quote pr imari ly concer ns t he lengt h and lang u age of t he l aw s , but t he r e’s another aspect it can justly apply to. In addition to being harmful in having laws that a re so long and diff icult to understand that no one can and will read them save those who make it their profession to do so, it is also more harmful to have law/ code books so obese with laws that no one can know the law and what they can and can’t do, simply because there are too many to know. The length, l anguage, and number of laws have made criminals out of otherwise innocent men/ women, al lowing gover nment to seize proper ty f rom these innocent people via f ines and fees, and have also created a class of people who’s sole profession is tell us what the laws mean. Lawyers spend years and tens of thousands of dol lar s just to understand specif ic areas of all these laws and then charge inordinate amounts of money to tell you what a law means and how it applies to your situation. A just law should be understood by even the most uneducated cit izen without the help of a lawyer. In addit ion, our corpulent law books have given Amer ica the largest prison population in the world.
Voluminous laws and law books also f lood the cour ts with otherwise non- violent innocent individuals, which delays the cour t system becaus e the judges we have are already overloaded, thus denying us our r ight to a speedy tr ial. When judges are overloaded with cases based on confusing laws, they are less likely to make good judgments in each case and the chances of injustices ar ising f rom misjudgment are higher.
This is Amer ica’s cur rent situation, federally and in each state and municipality. We are all cr iminals at some poi nt i n our dai ly l ives, much more than we even know because there are too many complicated laws that govern our daily lives! The federal U. S. Code is evidence enough. The U. S. Code has 51 Titles, each title having several chapters. Title 2 has 65 chapters. Title 7 has 114 chapters! And then there’s The Affordable Care Act and the Federal Tax Code. Ignorance of the law is NOT an excuse ONLY where people can KNOW the laws t hat apply to t hem and UNDERSTAND them. But this can’t happen when the laws themselves and their number are as numerous and conf using a s a r e they a re now. Nobody has time to go through all of America’s code books as long as they are and go about thei r dai ly l iving! Even if some superhuman individual had the time, energy and expense to lear n and know every single l aw that appl ies to them, they could only barely understand some of them! Is this justice?
Next month’s ins t al lment wi l l discuss what exactly “law” is and is not and how we can solve this wor risome problem.
George Washington invites you to sign your name to The Constitution of the United States of America. As we can see it is a short document, easy to understand, and provides freedom to the people.
Granted, these aren’t law books, but
its a good start to understanding how many laws we have allowed to be over us. The answer to many of our issues, ins’t more laws, but that we follow the higher level
Start by doing something kind for someone on a daily
basis and many of the laws that are out there become void as we learn to love on
The Constitution of The United States of America fits on NINE sheets of paper. Before voting for a law, ask yourself if its simple to understand and grants individual liberty?